From the Information Specialists' Desks
Updates & Upcoming Events
NEW: How I Walk - A Campaign to Rebrand Walking
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) launches a new campaign, How I Walk, in support of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. The visual campaign aims to promote walking as an inclusive physical activity term that is individualized.
How I Walk encourages individuals to share their mode of walking through picture, video, or other media by using the hashtag #HowIWalk. Additionally, How I Walk encourages health promotion providers and walking advocates to adopt this mentality while utilizing the campaign’s resources.
Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
The United States Surgeon General issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the fact that many communities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll.
Read the Press Release.
NCHPAD staff had the opportunity to attend the launch event of the call to action in Washington, DC. We applaud the Office of the Surgeon General for the focus on inclusion of people with disability in the event and report! “Everyone deserves to have a safe place to walk or wheelchair roll. Walking has been a symbol of or is a vehicle of inclusion.” said Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. Also, check out A Partners Guide to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities to see NCHPAD staff member Kelly Bonner and her husband Raymond featured!
September - Walk to Make a Difference
September brings a new monthly theme for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. This month’s theme is Walk to Make a Difference with lead organizations the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and Charity Miles. Be sure to keep your eyes open for posted content with the hashtag #walk4change.
How can your walk impact others? Can you walk for charity or challenge friends and family to walk for a cause. Work with organizations to make sure that safe and accessible options are available for active transportation for every individual.
Autism and Exercise -- Launch of New Video Series
Our video series, Improving the Lives of Indivduals with Autism through Exercise, in partnership with the Exercise Connection continues. The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students on the autism spectrum. Weeks 1-6 are now available on our website and via YouTube. Follow on social media (@NCHPAD) to stay up to date on each new video release!
UCP Birmingham Inspiration Award Winner
We are very proud of Mary White who is the star in our video, "Mary's Top 10 Communication Tips". She was awarded at the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham's Life Without Limits Luncheon as an Inspiration Award winner!
National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
Congress has dedicated the month of September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month to help bring attention to the state of health care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries. NCHPAD is recognizing the month by promoting and giving away some of the resources that have been created specifically for individuals with a spinal cord injury.
September is National Yoga Month
Last year, we celebrated National Yoga Month by creating a wealth of resources on inclusive yoga including:
- 30 Minute Inclusive Yoga Video
- Weekly Poses
- 10 Inclusive Yoga Tips
- Kids Adaptive Yoga Video
Revist these great resources this month to promote health and relaxation.
NCAA - Associate Director, Office of Inclusion
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is hiring an Associate Director for its Office of Inclusion. The hiree will serve as a member of the Inclusion staff and is responsible for providing and enabling programming and education, developing and implementing strategies, policies and programs that will facilitate a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences for student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators within the NCAA membership.
To learn more and apply, visit http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NCAA&cws=1&rid=987
Lakeshore Foundation- Exercise and Sport Science Lab Coordinator
Lakeshore is currently seeking an energetic, creative, resourceful, self starter with exposure or experience in conducting research related to exercise science. Click here for complete job description and required qualifications. To express interest or request further information, contact Debbie Smith at email@example.com.
Lakeshore Foundation- Lab Assistant
Lakeshore Foundation is accepting resumes for a full-time lab assistant. Primary responsibilities include conducting all aspects of exercise testing for research projects (determine protocols; collect, enter, manage data; data interpretation); creating data collection forms and spreadsheets and distribute surveys, conduct focus groups and interviews. Requires intermediate computer skills – Excel and PowerPoint required, as well as good communication and organizational skills. Degree in exercise science or related field desired. Forward resume to: Debbie Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeshore Foundation- Information Specialist (NCHPAD)
Lakeshore is hiring one full-time position (40 hours/week) or two part-time positions (20/hours/week) funded by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of NCHPAD for a federally grant funded project, responsible for providing information, technical assistance training, resources, research and project development on disability, health conditions, physical activity, fitness, health promotion, independent living, accessibility, disability legislation, disability rights/empowerment, adaptive recreation, adaptive sports, and inclusion. Click here for complete job description and required qualifications. To express interest or request further information, contact Debbie Smith at email@example.com.